Uluas of the world

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The Ulua Hawaiian sailing outrigger.  Over 100 sets of plans purchased…  how many built/building? 

I will update and add to this this as I find out more.  Here is what I know today.  If you are building an Ulua, drop me a line!

  1. Gary Dierking himself — multiples, including this fiberglass one for some clients.  Also a white one and a red one?
  2. Me   as you have been reading all along, I hope!  A work in progress.  Standard 18′ length, will rig to sail, possibly rig with ‘broken wing’ for sailing.
  3. Ted Hardie.  Standard 18′ foot length, located Big Island, Hawaii.  No manu, currently not rigged for sailing, but he says he has plans. More here.
  4. Kent Robertson.  Location: Kauai, North Carolina.  Beautiful construction, damaged during shipping to Hawaii, status unknown.
  5. Dan St. Gean.   2 hulls built (?) one as a  21′ tri.  Manu per Gary’s instructions.  Also see here.  He has also been helpful with some advice.
  6. David Lowry.  Washington state.  Stretched design to 24′.  Sailing with rig from previous boat on lakes of Eastern Washington.  We have corresponded, and I thank him for his help. 
  7. Ben Corbett’s 24′ (7.5M) stretch Ulua equipped with a paddle racing style ama.
  8. Adam Hussey.  Sailing rig, standard length, Kauai, Hawaii.
  9. Michael Litter.  SF bay area.  24-foot stretch.   We had a few emails early in the project, and I see he has a photo of his hull on Gary’s site, otherwise I don’t know his progress.
  10. Paul Luginbuhl.  Standard length, in Switzerland?
  11. Bill Dochnahl.  27 footer under construction (?)  Pic from Gary’s site. More here.

6 Responses to “Uluas of the world”


  1. 1 will

    the vertical pieces in that water–the lee boards–what are they called on uluas?

  2. 2 David

    The leeboard is called a ‘leeboard’. Traditional Hawaiian canoes did not have them. The Western-style rudder with tiller is also anachronistic, an addition by Gary Dierking. Traditional steering was by steering oar, which is probably not as efficient as a deep, narrow rudder/foil, and traditional sailing outriggers probably could not go to weather. See the book Hawaiian Canoe-Building Traditions for pictures, though not much technical discussion.

  3. 3 Lifgrd

    I just got my Ulua plans in the mail, any tips before I start making sawdust?

  4. 4 Geronimo

    If anyone is in the Los Angeles area and has made, is making or is interested in making an Ulua, please contact me. Perhaps we can collaborate. Mahalo.

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